Dairy policy in Senegal: The need to overcome a technical mindset

Magnani Sergio Dario, Ancey Véronique, Hubert Bernard. 2019. Dairy policy in Senegal: The need to overcome a technical mindset. European Journal of Development Research, 31 (5) : pp. 1227-1245.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

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Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Economie-gestion

Abstract : Since the 1970s, the import of tax-free powdered milk has presented an easy solution to the growing demand for dairy products in West Africa. Recent increases in agricultural price volatility have since contributed to a renewed interest in local milk. However, while the present situation raises issues of food security, rural development and trade policy, public policy remains overly focused on the technical dimensions of dairy development. This article presents the dairy landscape of Senegal, a major regional importer of powdered milk, by considering development dynamics in light of the interactions between technical and organizational models and livestock systems, in terms of relationships with resources and environment, knowledge and social organization. Two implications are discussed: the need for effective sectoral policy to tip the balance in favor of local milk, and the need to base public action on a better understanding of, and improved support for, livestock systems in all their diversity.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Lait déshydraté, Lait, Produit laitier, Système d'élevage, Politique de marché, Développement rural, sécurité alimentaire, Intervention de l'état

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Sénégal, Afrique occidentale

Mots-clés libres : Dairy policy, Public policy, Development anthropology, Pastoralism, Intensification, Technical changes, Senegal, West Africa

Classification Agris : L01 - Animal husbandry
E14 - Development economics and policies
E21 - Agro-industry

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Magnani Sergio Dario, IRAM (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Ancey Véronique, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (FRA)
  • Hubert Bernard, INRA (FRA)

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